Sp. Pl. 345 (1753) APNI
Trailing or climbing annual with stems to c. 2 m long or more. Leaves peltate; petioles to 20 cm long, attached slightly eccentrically; blades c. circular to reniform, 3–13 cm diam., with c. 9 main radiating veins, often waxy, sparsely glandular to pilose beneath; pedicels c. equal to petioles or slightly longer. Flowers yellow, orange or red, usually streaked darker internally; calyx 12–20 mm long (excluding spur), lobes free for c. 8–15 mm; spur narrowly conical, 18–35 mm long; petals obovate to c. orbicular, 12–25 mm diam., upper pair with claw glabrous, 2–6 mm long, lower 3 with claw bearded, 5–10 mm long; stamens about as long as claws of lower 3 petals; style shorter than stamens. Mericarps c. semicircular, 7–10 mm long, ribbed dorsally, slightly fleshy. Flowers Sep.–Jan.
*EGL, *GipP, *HSF, *OtP, *OtR, *VVP, *WaP. Also naturalised SA, NSW. Native from Colombia to Bolivia. Widely grown as an ornamental. Weakly naturalised in sandy soils in a few lowland sites, mostly near the coast (e.g. Port Campbell, Clayton, Mornington Peninsula, Marlo).
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|